Art and Alcohol

Ancient Egyptian, Relief of Ptahhotep before offering table at Necropolis (ca. 2400 BC)

For as long as there have been people, people have been drinking, and for as long as they’ve been drinking, they’ve been turning their rabble-rousing into art. Whether used for ceremonial offerings or as social lubricant, alcohol has provided ample inspiration to artists and intellectuals the world over.

In fact, the word “symposium” is derived from the ancient Greek sympinein, meaning “to drink together.” Every culture has some association with a spirit of revelry (Bacchus, the god of wine, is particularly prominent in Western art history). The case has also been made for alcohol to serve a medicinal purpose — an “antifogmatic” to clear the cobwebs from one’s brain.


Fernando Botero, Three Women Drinking (2006)
Peder Severin Kroyer, ‘Hip Hip Hurrah!’ Artists’ Party at Skagen (1888).


Arts and Crafts Newsletter Section

We are launching a themed Art and Crafts section of the newsletter. Imagine a whole third page featuring pictures of all forms of artworks be it art, poetry, creative writing, sculpture, music and drama!
January’s theme is ALCOHOL. Something we are either enjoying, going Dry January or not imbibing at all, and as such provides much scope for our imagination. These could be funny, serious or just plain silly! The themed art work need not be framed or any particular size. Tina Watkins just needs a photo with your name to show in the coming newsletters. It really is just to be a bit of fun and to see what our members can create quickly. Last day for receipt is 27th January for the February newsletter.

Ready for 2021

A fresh idea for 2021 is the introduction of this Blog which we hope to update at least once each week. Please suggest topics for the blog, or send a draft for a blog post, and we will take it from there. You can send your suggestions and drafts to Rhys Jones via email at 

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